Time was I would’ve considered this lovely piece way too lilting, too gentle, just too gol-dang soft for a wildass Saturday night. What can I say, I have mellowed muchly in my advancing decrepitude.
Originally composed for solo piano, if I remember right, I’ve heard the Villanesca performed by solo guitar mostly. There are also guitar duo, trio, quartet, and even full-orchestra arrangements floating around out there, the last three of which seem unnecessarily complex, even overbearing to the point of being wearisome to my ear. As hopelessly unfathomable and beyond my ken as classical guitar technique has always been to me (to my undying chagrin), Granados’ Spanish Dances No IV score—which I’ve read in its original, guitar sheet-music and chord-chart variations—is simple, concise, entirely musical, and unpretentious. Although I do prefer the solo guitar version as a rule, this one for guitar duet will do nicely too.